Inspiration & Motivation

Jack LaLanne, Age 95

Jack LaLanne

Most of you have heard of Jack LaLanne.  You might even say he was the original “UpGraded Senior.” Mr. LaLanne died at age 96 in 2011, so this is a posthumous induction of Mr. LaLanne into the UpGraded Senior Superstars. He is referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness” and for good reason. He was…

Robert Marchand, Cycling Records at Age 105

Robert Marchand

These UpGraded Senior Superstars just keep raising the bar. Record keeping organizations are having to create new categories and age groups. That was the case when Robert Marchand, age 105, set the world 1 hour cycling record for the 105+ age group. Apparently, no one had ever attempted a record at that age before. For…

Lilly Day Gets Down At Age 95

This is Lilly Day, age 95, and she is strictly bustin’ the moves with her Christmas scarf and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Christmas CD. Does this put a smile on your face, or what? You can’t help but love her spunk and sassy attitude. You go girl. Lilly is the newest UpGraded Senior Superstar!

Ray Chavez (Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor) – Age 104

Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day in the United States.  It’s a day of remembrance for the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor – “a date that will live in infamy,” according to FDR. More than 2,400 people lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. Ray Chavez was one of the lucky ones who survived.…

Ed Whitlock – 85 Year Old Marathoner

An October, 2016 article in Runners’ World magazine caught the eye of your UpGrading Senior-In-Chief. It was a story about yet another remarkable senior.  The headline read like this: At 85, Ed Whitlock Breaks Four Hours in the Marathon. I have run marathons.  For those UpGrading Seniors who have never been runners, let me tell…

Neal Unger – 60 Year Old Skateboarder

It’s time to add yet another “UpGraded Senior Superstar” to our ever-growing list of totally amazing seniors. Neal Unger – Skateboarder Our newest inductee is Neal Unger and he is a 60-year old skateboarder!  You don’t see too many of those now, do you? Most of us UpGrading Seniors would think skateboarding is a poor…

Ida Keeling – 100 Year Old Sprinter

Ida Keeling

Time for another installment of UpGraded Senior Superstars. Save Your Lame Excuses I live in a 55+ community and I can’t tell you how many times I hear some of us geezers excuse ourselves from exercising. In fact, some of those excuses may have come from someone very close to me (ahem). Oh sure, we…

Frances Woofenden – 81 Year Old Water Skiing Champion

There was a time when I fancied myself as a pretty good water skier.  Hardly a week went by during warm weather that I didn’t ski 4 – 7 times a week, but somewhere along the line I stopped. I guess the usual responsibilities caught up with me.  Work.  Family.  Age. From time to time…

Nola Ochs – 95 Year Old College Graduate

It’s time to honor another UpGraded Senior Superstar – another inspirational senior citizen. This time, it’s Nola Ochs of Kansas, who graduated from Fort Hays State University at age 95 in 2007, giving her the Guinness Book record as the oldest college graduate. Remarkable! But wait, there’s more.  As Nola herself said in the interview…

Words of Wisdom

There’s a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers. Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.   Henry S. Lodge, M. D.(1958 – 2017) Every man dies. Not every man really lives.   William Wallace(1270…